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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 12

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 12 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 13 February 2021 / 2,904 Views

This weekly mini-series compares the aligned launch sales of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch. 

It should be noted the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S had a worldwide launch, while the PlayStation 5 launch was split over the course of two weeks. Also, the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017, while the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S launched during the holidays in November 2020.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 12

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Global:

  1. PS5: 5,005,078
  2. Switch: 3,444,621
  3. XSX|S: 3,413,931

Through the first 12 weeks available worldwide the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Switch and Xbox Series X|S by a fair margin. The PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.56 million units and is 1.59 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by only 30,690 units.

The PS5 has sold 5.01 million in 12 weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 3.44 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 3.41 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 12 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 42.2 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 29.0 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 28.8 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 23.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 12

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch US:

  1. PS5: 2,193,485
  2. XSX|S: 1,729,932
  3. Switch: 1,312,958

Through the first 12 weeks available in the US the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Switch and Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.46 million units and is 0.88 million units ahead of the Switch. The Xbox Series X|S is ahead of the Switch by 0.42 million units.

The PS5 has sold 2.19 million in 12 weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 1.73 million units and the Switch 1.31 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 12 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 41.9 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 33.0 percent, and the Switch at 25.1 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 30 and current Xbox Series X|S sales until week 21.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 12

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Europe (11 weeks):

  1. PS5: 1,637,812
  2. XSX|S: 999,900
  3. Switch: 941,445

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 11 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.64 million units and is 0.70 million units ahead of the Switch. The Xbox Series X|S is ahead of the Switch by only 58,455 units.

The PS5 has sold 1.64 million in 11 weeks in Europe, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 1.00 million units and the Switch 0.94 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 11 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 45.8 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 27.9 percent, and the Switch at 26.3 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 29.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 12

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Japan:

  1. Switch: 874,068
  2. PS5: 329,867
  3. XSX|S: 34,330

Through the first 12 weeks available in Japan the Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S by a wide margin. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 544,201 units and is 839,738 units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 295,537 units.

The Switch has sold 874,068 units in 12 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 329,867 units, and the Xbox Series X|S 34,330 units.

Looking at the marketshare through 12 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 70.6 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 26.6 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 2.8 percent.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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5 Comments
Real (on 15 February 2021)

Switch is lagging behind because it didn't launch on holiday season

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Qwark Real (on 15 February 2021)

Switch is lacking because of stock not because a lack of demand,same with PS5 VS PS4 Ir even Series X vs PS5.

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Dahum (on 14 February 2021)

Looking at it this way, its quite impressive how the PS5 have sold in the time frame in the midst of a pandemic and shortage of components!

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Doctor_MG Dahum (on 14 February 2021)

I don't know why people mention the pandemic as if it has hindered videogame sales. If anything it has done the opposite.

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Dahum Doctor_MG (on 14 February 2021)

I was referring to factories closing or restricted because of COVID.

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